Galileo International signs major new distribution agreement in the middle east

Galileo International, Inc., a leading provider of electronic global distribution services (GDS) for the travel industry, announced today that seven members of the carriers that comprise the ARABI group have signed a multi-year agreement with Galileo that is expected to generate millions of travel bookings. This contract will run from January 2002 through December 31, 2008.
Since 1991, the Galileo® system has been the preferred system distributed to travel agents, Internet travel Web sites and tour operators based in the Middle East by the members of ARABI. The ARABI group of airlines is part of AACO (Arab Air Carriers Organisation), which is the regional association of Arab airlines with home bases in countries within the Arab League of States. ARABI members include Emirates Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Egyptair, Royal Jordanian, Syrian Arab Airlines and Yemenia. Galileo is the leading GDS in the Middle East, providing services in 11 countries, and has a market share of approximately 70 percent in the Middle East and Africa region.
“AACO Project Carriers are keen to develop distribution channels in their home markets, benefiting from Galileo`s wide array of products. A promising future lies ahead, based on the leading position of Galileo and the history of fruitful partnership between AACO and Galileo during the last decade, which has yielded double digit growth for AACO year on year,” said Abdul Wahab Teffaha, AACO Secretary General and the Chairman of the AACO Project Carriers team. “The decision of AACO to renew the contract with Galileo is proof that all parties concerned want to build on the successes that have been achieved in the previous years, and to continue to expand our businesses through leading edge technology.”
“Galileo International has a long and proud tradition of working with AACO and ARABI members, who have so successfully distributed Galileo`s products throughout the Middle East and taken us to our market leading position,” said Gordon Wilson, vice president, Subscriber Sales and Service, for Galileo`s Europe, Middle East and Africa region. “Our new agreement not only restates our commitment to each other, but it also significantly enhances our level of co-operation in the service of the travel community in these key markets, positioning Galileo to further grow its business in support of the economic development of the Middle East region.”